Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe: 15 Minute Donuts

The best chocolate glazed donut recipe! These donuts are fluffy and make the perfect weekend treat of Christmas morning breakfast. Simple and ready in only 15 minutes these will be your new go to snack.

This Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe is easy and ready in 15 minutes! They are fried using Pillsbury Grands Biscuits and topped with dark chocolate and sprinkles. The perfect treat for parties, holidays, families, Christmas morning breakfast or brunch for kids and adults. Enjoy this fun sweet recipe! #sweets #donuts #holidays #Christmas

I know, another holiday sweet recipe. I can’t help it I am loving this time of year and want to just bake all the time. This Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe has been a Christmas tradition in my family for years. They are very simple, tasty and perfect for a fun holiday treat. These donuts are light and fluffy in the middle and topped with dark chocolate and sprinkles. This recipe uses canned biscuit dough for the perfect shortcut without sacrificing that fried to perfection donut flavor. I hope you love this fast, minimal ingredient 15 minute holiday donut recipe!

What Do You Need To Make Chocolate Glazed Donuts?

This chocolate glazed donut recipe is extremely simple and requires only a few ingredients. This makes these donuts perfect for a fast and fun treat for both kids and adults. My favorite time to have these donuts are around the holidays, specifically Christmas morning.

The ingredients needed to make these chocolate glazed donuts are:

  1. 1 Can of Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits
  2. Dark Chocolate (or a different kind if you prefer)
  3. Sprinkles (Optional)
  4. Vegetable Oil for Frying (Yeah these are fried and not baked get over it and put the kale down)

The kitchen tools needed to make this recipe are:

  • A Large Deep Skillet or Pan
  • A Slotted Spoon (or a fork: just be careful of hot oil it is unforgiving)
  • A Candy Thermometer (not required, but highly recommended so you can get the oil to the perfect temperature)
  • A Cooling Rack and/or Paper Towels

Image for Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe. The image shows the donuts and donut hols on a black wire cooling rack on a marble table. The donuts are in two lines of three with the holes scattered around the. Two of the donuts have bites out of them.

How Do You Make Chocolate Glazed Donuts?


First, you need to make your biscuits into donuts. I love using biscuit dough for this chocolate glazed donut recipe because it saves tons of time. I find that Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits work best for this recipe. After removing your biscuits from their can lay them out flat on a cutting board. Use either a small, round cookie cutter or a bottle cap to cut a hole in the center of each piece of dough. I just center it up and push strait down hard and pull the center out. DO NOT discard the dough, because you can use it to make donut holes! If you are in a pinch you can also use a small, sharp knife to cut the holes out. Once you have all the holes cut you can move on to frying them.

Prep image for chocolate glazed donut recipe. The image is a collage and shot from above. The image on the left is a whole donut with a bottle cap in the center. On the right in the donut cut and the whole to the side.


Second, you will need to fry your donuts. For this chocolate glazed donut recipe you really need to fry them. If you bake them, then you will just have holey biscuits. To fry them heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or pan. The one I have is 4 quarts and it works perfectly. I fill it about halfway with vegetable oil. You need the oil to be at least an inch deep so the entire donut can fry and not just the bottoms. Heat your oil over medium heat until it reaches 375 degrees.

I highly suggest using a candy thermometer to check the temperature of your oil. If it isn’t hot enough the dough won’t brown and they will be a soggy mess. If it is too hot then they will brown too fast and the center will be raw. Another option is to test the oil by dropping in one of the donut holes. Drop it in and it should begin to bubble immediately and start to get some color. If you drop it in and it just sits there soaking up oil it is too cold. Alternatively, if you drop it in and it turns brown and burns right away then it is too hot.

Once you have your oil to the correct temperature add the donuts and cook for 30 seconds, flip and cook for another 20-30 seconds on the other side. Once they are finished carefully remove them and place them on a cooling rack or paper towels. Repeat until all the donuts and holes are fried. I usually do 3 donuts at a time.

Attention: Please be careful while frying these donuts. The oil can pop and it is best that any kids are not helping during this step. 

Prep image for chocolate glazed donut recipe. The image is shot from above and shows the fried donuts without the chocolate glaze. The donuts are in two lines with the holes as well.


Finally, you will add your topping. For this recipe I decided to go with a chocolate glaze. I used dark chocolate because it is my favorite, but you could swap it out for milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or even white chocolate. Whichever you use, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments until it is melted. Next, take a donut and dip it strait down into the melted chocolate. Wiggle it back and forth, then lift is strait up and let the excess drip off. Place on a plate and smooth with a butter knife if desired. Finally, you can leave them plain or top with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or some crushed Oreo bits! Have fun with them and make them your own.

Tip: Use a shallow wide bowl for the melted chocolate. It makes dipping the donuts in much easier!

Tip: Let the donuts cool for at least 5 minutes before dipping them in chocolate. This makes the chocolate stick better and helps it not just run off. 

Image shot at 45 degree angle for chocolate glazed donut recipe. The image shows two rows of donuts on a wire cooling rack. The donuts are blurred out in the back ground, but the front one is in focus and has sprinkles on it.

Looking For More Holiday Sweets and Treats?!

Chocolate Cake Cookies with Peppermint Sprinkle

Edible Cookie Dough

Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Close up shot strait on of chocolate glazed donut recipe. The image shows two donuts stacked on top of each other sitting on a marble counter with a white background, The top donut has a bite out of it and you can see inside.

Christmas Tradition

Each year my mom would make these donuts for my brother and I on either Christmas Morning or Christmas Eve. It was so fun and I loved getting to eat a donut while opening my presents. Looking back I thought my mom was some kind of superhero for whipping up donuts that early, but now I know her secret. I love that this chocolate glazed donut recipe is simple, fast and can be thrown together quickly. This is perfect for anyone who just wants to have fun opening presents and playing Christmas morning, instead of worrying about a big breakfast. Plus, they are super fun and I know I loved them as a kid. I still do and make them every year for my family. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Why These Donuts Are Perfect

  • Super Simple
  • Ready in 15 Minutes
  • Go Wild with the Toppings
  • Perfect for a Fun Christmas Morning Breakfast
  • Loved by Kids and Adults

Happy Eating!

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 Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe

Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe

The perfect weekend or holiday treat! Great for brunch or as a snack for both kids and adults.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Holidays
Keyword: Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe, Donuts
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 305kcal
Author: caitlyn


  • 1 16.3 Oz Can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits
  • 3 Oz Dark Chocolate Melted
  • Sprinkles Optional
  • 7 Cups Vegetable Oil* For Frying


  • Pour vegetable oil into a large deep skillet and heat on a large burner. You want the oil to get to 375 degrees. 
  • While the oil is heating up, use a bottle cap or small round cookie cutter to cut a whole in the middle of the dough. Repeat this process until all the dough is cut. 
  • Once the oil is heated add donuts 2-3 at a time to the pan. Fry for 30 seconds then flip and fry on the other side for 20-30 seconds. Carefully remove from oil using a slotted spoon and place on paper towels. Repeat until all donuts are fried. 
  • Heat dark chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments until melted. When donuts are cooled dip the donut top down into the bowl (a shallow one works best) of chocolate and remove and set aside. Repeat until all donuts are coated with chocolate. Add sprinkles if desired and enjoy!


*You want the oil to be at least an inch deep. Depending on the pan you use you may need more or less than the recipe suggests.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 169
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.8g 29%
Saturated Fat 9.8g 49%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 583mg 24%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 8.1g
Protein 4.5g 9%
Calcium 0%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 18.8g | Saturated Fat: 9.8g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 8.1g | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 10%
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Pin image for Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe, The image is of a hand holding a donut strait on and center. In the background you can see more donuts on a sire cooling rack. On the bottom there is a blue and white striped towel. On the upper part of the photo in black writing are the words "Chocolate Glazed Donuts: Ready in 15 minutes". The shot is taken from above.


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  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    My kiddos love chocolate glazed donuts. Time to give them a try at home!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    These doughnuts look amazing and so festive! Love the bottle cap trick to get the hole!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      December 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks! It has been the easiest thing for me for years!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Wow what a clever idea to use biscuit dough to make these donuts super quick and easy to make! Love it!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      December 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks so much! I love the short-cut as well!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I love this short cut and I can get my kids involved! Definitely trying this over winter break.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      December 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Yay! I always loved getting to help with these as a kid!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    These sound amazing, and I am ALL in for 15 minutes donuts! These would be so perfect for Christmas! Super creative recipe!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      December 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks! We have them on Christmas every year!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Love that you used biscuits for this! I have been scared to make my own donuts, but I think I could make these! 🙂

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      December 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      They are so simple! Love them!

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